“It’s not easy, it’s not easy,” Clinton said shaking her head. Her eyes began to get watery as she finished answering the question, “I couldn’t do it if I didn’t passionately believe it was the right thing to do. This is very personal for me. I have so many ideas for this country and I just don’t want to see us fall backwards. It’s about our country, it’s about our kids’ future,” she said softly crying, her voice breaking. The group of 15 women sitting around a table at the Cafe Espresso nodded understandingly. Clinton continued, her voice still cracking: “We do it each one of us because we care about our country, but some of us are right and some of us are wrong, some of us are ready and some of us are not, some of us know what we’ll do on day one and some of us don’t,” she said.
Although many news outlets are nodding in sympathy and sighing that Hillary is, after all, a human being, this reeks more of a set-up than a candid moment. Sure, maybe this campaign is something she is passionate about and the pressure is getting to her. But on the other hand, maybe this politically savvy woman who has been accused of taking whatever position the polls indicate she should take has realized the only way she will become the first woman president is if she plays up the woman part just as much as she has the president part. Just look at the speech: she talks about what she “feels”, she tries to connect to listeners through her role as a mother, and she cries.
I will not personally vote in the American elections as I am a Canadian citizen, but I watch these proceedings closely as both a curious person and a feminist. I have long admired Ms. Clinton, and wish to see a woman president of the United States. However, I wonder if that fight will be fairly won, if there can be such a thing in politics, if she gets to the White House not because she’s a ball-buster, but a bawler.